There are some people that seem to need to make a bigger fuss than necessary over things that are different to them. Every single time it happens. I think that these kind of people really can't wrap their brains around certain concepts and it's a shock every time they have to think about it. My mother suffers from this.
Pod. Some people are so ignorant, when they find out I'm veggie (half the time, I don't even volunteer the information, someone else tells them for me), it goes something like this:
IGNORANT PERSON: "You mean, you don't eat ANY meat?"
ME: "That's right."
IP: "Not even.......chicken? Or.......fish?"
ME: "No, those both fall into the 'meat' category."
IP: "Well, what *do* you eat?"
ME: "Everything else. Anything that wasn't once a living, sentient being is fair game for me."
IP: "How do you get enough protein? You must be anemic and blah, blah, blah."
ME: "Not really, I eat tofu, beans, chick peas, nuts, and I can still have free-range eggs and dairy products, since I'm lacto-ovo. Besides, most people eat *too much* meat, and too much protein is as unhealthy as too little, if not more so, especially if it's fattening meat."
IP: "But......you don't eat MEAT!!!!"
ME: "Well, I'm not about to keel over anytime soon, so I must be doing something right."
IP: "I could never stop eating meat, I just love steak/pork chops/Big Macs too much."
ME (silently, to myself): "Ahh, finally, the truth comes out."